Canada is an in-demand destination for work abroad jobs. The firms and employers of the country hire foreign workers for different tenures. Temporary workers make up a major part of the worker community that migrates to Canada. All hiring of foreign workers happens through the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
LMIA is a government mechanism. It reviews employee applications invited by employers in Canada. It ensures that hiring a foreign worker will create a positive or no effect on the Canadian labor market. It also ensures that no qualified Canadian worker is rejected in favor of a foreign worker. Moreover, it is made sure that the foreign worker will get a salary and benefits at par with federal and provincial standards.
Now, the Canadian government has initiated a new facility for employers. They can now manage LMIA applications via an online portal. The new pilot project answers the constant request from Canadian business leaders and employers. They have been urging the government to streamline the current LMIA process.
The pilot project will test the efficiency of the portal with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) employers. They will register for online access to manage their accounts. They will also conduct transactions and correspond with Service Canada via this online portal.
Service Canada is part of a Canadian government’s service transformation initiative. It facilitates better, less cluttered, and more responsive service from the Canadian government.
The portal is made accessible with the same login credentials that employers use to access the Job Bank . The portal will have an electronic questionnaire. It will guide the user through the completion of the LMIA application. The user can track its progress too.
Users can upload supporting documents with the application in the portal. It can also help users view Service Canada decision letters.
The new online portal will ensure that the red tape and processing time will be reduced considerably. Several improvements have been suggested by groups like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
The CFIB published a report last month. It cited the concerns of small to medium-sized businesses with hiring foreign talent through the current TFWP process. It’s a complicated, lengthy and expensive process currently. The online portal will definitely be a step in making the process faster and more accurate.
The major advantage of the online portal comes with how it enables employers to track the applications. This will reduce waiting time to a large extent.
Also, the portal makes communication of the reasons for rejection of applications easier. This will give the employer the chance to realize why the rejection happened. Such knowledge will help them decide if it’s worth it to apply again.
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